3 Alternate Forms of Heating

3 Alternate Forms of Heating

Winter is on its way here in Saddle River, NJ, and if you need a new heating system installed in your home, now is the time to act. Doing so before the snows fall means you’ll have a first-rate heating system ready to go. And if traditional boilers or forced-air furnaces aren’t quite what you have in mind, you might want to consider an alternate form of heating. We’ve listed three of them below to give you a good idea of what we’re talking about.

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Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are based on the same principles as air conditioning: circulating refrigerant through a series of valves and coils that first release heat from it outside, then cool the air inside. A heat pump simply allows you to reverse that flow, releasing hot air inside and releasing cool air outside. Hybrid heat pumps use a small furnace to bolster their heating power on particularly cold days.

Radiant Heating Systems

Radiant heating consists of a series of tubes or coils installed beneath the floorboards of your home. Water or similar liquids are pumped through the tubes, sending waves of radiant heat directly into the room through the floor and furniture. It eliminates drafts and costs less to run than forced-air furnaces and boilers charged with heating the same space.

Geothermal Systems

Geothermal systems usually need a large piece of property to work, but the rewards can be considerable. It buries a series of tubes deep beneath the earth — which never changes temperature once you get more than about 10 feet down or so — then pumps a mixture of water and antifreeze through it. That facilitates a heat exchange with the earth, warming or cooling your home for much less than other forms of heating.

For all of these alternate heating options and more, contact Design Air Inc. for installation and repair!